Australia 1999 Australia - Canada Joint Issue - "Marco Polo"
- Issue Date: 19 March 1999
- Designed by: Julien LeBlanc
- Printed by: Ashton-Potter Canada Ltd.
- Print Process: Lithography
- Perforations: 13.25 (85c), 13.0 (46c)
- Miniature sheet size: 160 mm x 95 mm
- Withdrawal date: 31 July 1999
In 1852, with some 900 passengers on board, the Canadian-built Marco Polo made a record 68-day voyage from Liverpool, England to Melbourne. The voyage cut the sailing time to Australia in half and left an indelible impression on the public mind. The Marco Polo’s career and famous accomplishments contributed enormously to the prosperity of the Canadian shipbuilding industry of the 1850s and ‘60s. The Marco Polo was built in 1851 at Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada for export to Great Britain.
To celebrate this relationship a special joint miniature sheet, Maritime Links – Australia and Canada, honouring the Marco Polo will be released on 19 March. The miniature sheet brings together two separate stamp designs from the two countries in recognition of the part the Marco Polo played in their maritime histories. Australia Post first issued the Marco Polo 85c stamp on 15 January 1998 as one of a set of four stamps commemorating Australia’s maritime heritage. The 46c Marco Polo stamp will be issued by Canada Post on 19 March.
First Day Cover
The Australian postmark was Melbourne Vic 3000. The Canadian first day of issue postmark was Saint John NB.
The presentation pack also includes the Maritime Links - Australia and Ireland miniature sheet.